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  • Whiners, Wieners, and Whackers

    Times are really tough my friends. It seems to me that just about every politician in the United Stated is stumbling along the road of life mumbling the same sorry mantra: "We have to cut -- We have to cut -- We have to cut." When you can pin them down...

    Article • July 1st, 2011

  • From Vision to Reality - Part 1

    Working together has become a template for success in one county in upstate New York. Even with the challenges of shrinking budgets, members of the Monroe County fire service keep moving into the future by embracing the concept of working as partners...

    Article • June 14th, 2011

  • My 2011 Class Trip to Washington

    Let me share with you a number of my observations on how things went in Washington, D.C. Yes my friends, it is that time of the year. Spring is in the air and the flowers are in bloom in many parts of the nation. Once again, the fire service faithfuls...

    Article • April 15th, 2011

  • 'Fire' Sale: Generating Revenue Through eBay

    Is your fire department struggling to get rid of old equipment that is taking up valuable space in your fire stations? Perhaps you are struggling with having available funds to buy the needed equipment for your firefighters to get the job done? There is...

    Article • April 5th, 2011

  • Taken for Granted, Taken Away

    This commentary is about a subject near and dear to my heart. I am referring to the FIRE Act Assistance for Firefighters Grant (AFG) program and its allied fire prevention, SAFER, and the station construction associates. Many among you have come to...

    Article • March 29th, 2011

  • To Merge or Not to Merge: That is the Question - Part 2

    There are a number of issues which must be considered in any situation where a merger or consolidation is being considered. In many cases a small group within one of the constituent organizations is driving the train toward what they perceive to be an...

    Article • November 30th, 2010

  • Three Weeks and Counting: The Impact of the 2010 Elections

    You walk into a sports bar in Philadelphia and you'll probably hear folks talking about the Eagles or Phillies. In Chicago, the topic of conversation will be the Bears, Blackhawks or Bulls. But if you walk into a sports bar on Capitol Hill, the talk...

    Article • October 19th, 2010

  • Whose Side Should We Take?

    It would be my hope that all of you are well aware, by now, of the fire department in rural South Fulton, TN, which failed to extinguish a fire because of the failure of a family to pay their subscription fee. I am not at all shocked by the furor which...

    Article • October 6th, 2010

  • What can the Fire Service Expect from D.C. in 2011?

    As of September 2010, the federal debt was $13,433,710,591,905, give or take a few dollars. To erase the debt, every American would have to cut a check for $43,468 -- from every newborn in hospital nurseries to every senior rounding the final corner of...

    Article • September 26th, 2010

  • To Merge or Not to Merge: That is the Question - Part 1

    Change has been the watchword for many fire department operations during the first decade of the 21st Century. A number of our accepted practices within the fire service have been revised and the manner in which services are delivered has witnessed a...

    Article • September 23rd, 2010

  • The Mutual Aid Mooch Revisited: Lawrence, Massachusetts

    As I was reading a recent piece on the layoffs in Lawrence, MA, my mind began to travel back in time. The mayor and politicians in this old mill community were looking to their neighbors to subsidize the cost of their fire protection...

    Article • July 9th, 2010

  • Leadership in a World Gone Mad

    Times are tough my friends. There is not a day which goes by when you and I fail to see the harsh realities of the current economic state of our nation. Fire departments are being asked to come up with budget cuts which are devastating in the depth and...

    Article • March 25th, 2010

  • There We Go Again

    Well, there we go again.

    Article • March 8th, 2010

  • Financial Hard Times Means Layoffs for Firefighters

    Editor's Note: An abbreviated version of this article appears in the February 2010 issue of Firehouse Magazine, starting on page 60. Also read "Telling it Like it Is - Doing less with less. When will we learn?" and respond with your thoughts and...

    Article • February 4th, 2010

  • Telling it Like it Is - February 2010

    Editor's Note: This point/counterpoint column is dedicated to fostering honest discussions about issues confronting the fire service today. It is not our intention to upset or anger anyone. Rather, our intention is to bring important and sometimes...

    Article • February 3rd, 2010